I honestly think this is the best Direct they've done in a while. And I was very pleased by what they showed because it shows the Switch is still going to get plenty of support and solid games to play on it even w/ Switch 2 right around the corner, which is exactly what I wanted to see and expected.
The thing to remember is the Switch halfway through Year 7. Just about every single game and franchise Nintendo has in their catalogue has come and gone on the Switch, some w/ multiple iterations.
They are very clearly shifting gears and priorities towards the impending launch of Switch 2 and making sure THAT gets off to a flying start so that will set them up and carry them through the end of the decade. So, the next 3D Mario, or new Donkey Kong platformer, or any potential franchise revivals, or new IPs they have high hopes and expectations for - They're saving those for Switch 2. At best, they might be cross-gen w/ the Switch, but I doubt they're gonna do that because they're going to want to incentivize as many Switch owners as possible to jump right into Switch 2 out of the gate.
What does that leave the Switch with? Exactly what you saw. Remasters, remakes, ports, niche games, and experimental titles. Which at this phase in the Switch's life cycle is perfectly fine. ESPECIALLY in the cases of Super Mario RPG and Thousand Year Door. Two universally acclaimed and beloved JRPGs that are no longer available for sale unless you purchase them off black market sites for double, sometimes triple, the standard retail price! One was on a system that was replaced nearly 30 years ago, the other was on a system that at least half the dedicated gaming market would consider a commercial failure and for good reason. These remasters and remakes are a great way to give those games a second chance/second life and to introduce their gameplay styles to newer generations and see how well they perform at little to no cost at all. If it succeeds, they’ve got a big winner on their hands that should be looked at further to see if they can be made into regular franchises - which is exactly what old fans of those games want! If not, oh well.
What’s one of, if not the biggest complaint, Nintendo frequently receives? Their inability or downright refusal to make their older games more easily and readily accessible to purchase now – which leads to many resorting to piracy in order to play them. And considering how Nintendo has a particularly strong stance towards piracy and their strict copyright laws, this leads to frustration and ill will from those fans towards them because if they would make them more accessible, they wouldn’t feel the need to pirate in the first place.
Another complaint, one w/ Paper Mario fans specifically. Is how the newer games departed from the old styled of gameplay in the franchise during PM64 and TTYD. For years, they have yearned for the series to return to that style and have been resistant or downright bitter towards Sticker Star, Color Splash, and Origami King because those games represent the departure and unwillingness on Nintendo’s part to return to that style… Well what better way to show them that you want them to go back to the style of Thousand Year Door… Than by buyng and supporting Thousand Year Door!
If you’re a fan begging for one or both of those things and you want them to see it your way. Well, this is how you do it! This is a business, not a charity. You have to speak in a language and manner businessmen will understand, and there’s no better way to do that than to show them where the money is! Especially if it can extend the Switch’s life cycle and give them more of a cushion to rely on as they prepare for the launch of their successor – doing everything they can to make sure THAT is successful for the sake of the company’s financial outlook.
And all the while, fans get not one, but two feathers in their cap – More classic games being made more accessible and updated, while building a stronger case for a return to the gameplay style they prefer.
It’s a win-win for everybody.